Tuneful Teens 2

* Updated every 6 months with all FRESH, HOT, NEW pop songs! *

I have a few questions for you…

– Do you work with teens and often feel stumped when it comes to session planning?
– Do you struggle to find appropriate pop songs to use in your sessions with teens?
– Did you purchase Tuneful Teens 1 and wish you had access to even more creative ideas for engaging teens in your sessions?
– Do you feel overwhelmed by learning new pop songs and creating new templates frequently in order to keep things fresh?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, I can completely relate because I’ve been there too: feeling stuck for ideas, feeling like I’m doing the same activity over and over, struggling to engage the teens in my group.

But, after nine years of experience working with teens with autism and other special needs….nine years of trying out a multitude of interventions…I have a TON of successful ideas that I just know you’re going to love!

That’s why I created Tuneful Teens 2: More Ideas for Engaging Adolescents in Music Therapy.

Tuneful Teens 2 is the second E-Book in the Tuneful Teens series. Tuneful Teens 1 has sold over 350 copies and is continuing to fly off the e-shelves! So far over 350 therapists, teachers, educators, and students have been inspired by Tuneful Teens 1. Many of them have emailed to thank me and let me know how they’ve been able to use the ideas from the E-Book effectively in their sessions. Many of them have requested even more ideas to spark their creativity for session planning. (Sometimes we just need a little jump start to get things going, right?)

That is why I am SO excited about Tuneful Teens 2.

The Tuneful Teens 2 E-book is jam-packed with intervention ideas, song ideas, and templates for a variety of activities that are appropriate and engaging for teens with autism and other special needs. Every idea in Tuneful Teens 2 has been used multiple times in my music therapy sessions. I’ve included only the intervention ideas that have been most successful in meeting targeted goals and the most popular ones with the teens in my groups. I am SO excited to share these ideas so you can start implementing them right away.

Tuneful Teens is your guide to navigating the world of music therapy with adolescents with special needs, and it’s only $16! Don’t need any more convincing?

Purchase Your Copy

(Or keep reading to find out more about the goodies you’ll find in Tuneful Teens 2).

Want to find out more?

Here’s what you’ll find inside the E-covers of Tuneful Teens 2:

– You’ll find more creative ways to engage teens in music therapy
– You’ll find a comprehensive list of pop songs that can be used effectively in your sessions
– You’ll find new ways to determine the musical preferences of your group members
– You’ll learn more musical games (these are always a hit!)
– You’ll find ideas for implementing creative movement, lyric analysis and song discussion into your sessions
– You’ll find sheet music for my favorite greeting and goodbye songs
– You’ll find more inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and generate your own ideas based on the unique needs of your group

AND THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING – I share many more tips, resources, and ideas in the 40 pages of Tuneful Teens 2.

Each category lists specific intervention ideas, complete with goal areas, what you will need to prepare in advance, and steps of the procedure for easy implementation.

BONUS…I’ve even included a Pop Song Hot List with all the freshest, hottest songs (updated every six months!) You do NOT want to miss out on this!

I want to save you time! So, I’ve include sheet music, lyric sheets, musical game templates, and everything you’ll need to implement these ideas into your sessions immediately.

I want you to be successful! So, I’ve only included the intervention ideas that have been the most successful and most popular with my groups.

I want YOU to feel confident so you can engage teens more effectively in your therapy sessions and build therapeutic rapport that is so crucial to helping these clients meet their goals.

Don’t work with teens with special needs? No problemo – the ideas in Tuneful Teens 2 can easily be adapted for other teen populations (such as those with mental illness or emotional behavior disorders) and for adult populations.

The best part? You can have all of this – over 40 pages of creative ideas, sheet music, and activity templates – all for only $16!

Purchase Your Copy

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Don’t take my word for it! Here’s what others are saying about Tuneful Teens 2…

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I would definitely recommend Tuneful Teens 2 to those working with teens, but I also find these activities would work well with some older children groups as well. I especially find the Greeting song “Come On and Get Ready” to be great to start my teens group. When working with teens you want an appropriate hello song and this one fits my older groups well. I also have used the Mad Lib songwriting activity with some of my teens and that is a lot of fun. Thanks for providing such a good resource!
– Jennifer Hezoucky, MT-BC

“The intervention I found most useful was Musical Pictionary, my teens loved it! Overall, I love the variety in interventions and I would absolutely recommend Tuneful Teens 2! It’s a great resource and a great springboard for many other ideas. Thank you thank you! I look forward to Tuneful Teens 3! :-)”
– Michelle Miller, MT-BC

What I liked best about Tuneful Teens 2 were the descriptive directions and explanations,  as well as the visuals and materials included. Yes {I would recommend Tuneful Teens 2}; it was helpful and a springboard for other ideas.”
– Katie Myers, MM, MT-BC

I found the list of songs {Pop Song Hot List} to be invaluable.  Why?  Because last summer I was invited to run a music therapy program for middle schoolers and teens in the ARC’s summer camp, in the county where I live.  Because I currently work mainly with adults or young children, I had no idea what music teens are listening to.  Your list provided me with plenty of artists’ names and songs to explore for what would be appropriate to use in my sessions.  Thank you.”
– Carole Thomas, MM, MT-BC

I would definitely recommend Tuneful Teens 2. The feature I liked best was the specific instructions for interventions. Thank you for providing these great resources.”
– Katie Maurer, MT-BC

“I love how Tuneful Teens 1 & 2 are laid out with simple intervention instructions, prop samples, and follow up ideas. It makes it very easy to understand and helps me feel confident I could successfully implement the ideas with a group.Would I recommend Tuneful Teens 2? Absolutely! The intervention ideas are great!

I’m currently not practicing music therapy (we just moved to a new area), but reading through Amy’s ideas gets me excited to find new opportunities for providing music therapy in my new town. :)”
– Sarah Winkler
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Here’s what others are saying about Tuneful Teens 1

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“When I first started out as a new music therapist, the population that intimidated me the most was the tween and teen crowd. That’s why I was so excited when my friend and fellow music therapist Amy Kalas launched her e-book, Tuneful Teens. Amy provides everything you need — step by step procedures, templates, sheet music, etc. — to implement the interventions in your music therapy sessions. I highly recommend Amy’s book, and also want to give her a shout-out for celebrating the first year of her wonderful blog, Wholesome Harmonies. It has grown leaps and bounds since last year, and I’m excited to watch it continue to do so!
– Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC // Listen Learn Music

** Rachel Rambach listed Tuneful Teens as a Friday Fave on her blog Listen Learn Music! Check out her review and recommendation here. **
I REALLY enjoyed the Tuneful Teens book and am so glad I got it. It gave me a bunch of wonderful ideas for my individual and my group sessions! The things I’ve used the most so far since I purchased the book are the Auditory Perception Training (APT) exercises as well as the movement APT exercises. I’ve made Music Bingo sheets before, but for older adults with aphasia – I’ve never thought of making them for kids before, what a great idea! … Keep the good stuff comin’!”
– Stephanie Scheffel, MM, MT-BC // The Rhythmic Mind
“My favorite interventions were the instrument jams such as the call-and-response. These can be used with a group or with individuals. I have all individual clients so I feel I can use this intervention with them. I liked it when you also put in some song ideas because I am always looking for more!
– Ashley Lundquist, MT-BC // MT = Love
“Amy Kalas, MM, MT-BC has some great ideas in her e-book Tuneful Teens: Creative Ideas for Engaging Adolescents in Music Therapy. I just got it and have used it several times – my group really likes Musical Hangman right now. Very big hit! Great ideas with a sometimes tough population.”
– Jessica Edwards, MT-BC // Therapeutic Harmony, LLC
“Loving it so far. Appropriate for many of my adult clients, too! Two thumbs up!”
– Connie Cheila Huettner, MA, MT-BC // Music Therapy Ideas
“I love the music quiz game. I have used this activity with both adolescents and my adult groups. All I do is change up on some of the songs to meet the needs of the group. Also I love song writing and have used the song writing ideas with some of my children groups. Just to share I work on inpatient psych units. Thanks so much for this great resource.”
– Jennifer Hezoucky, MT-BC // Life Song Therapy
“Just had a really positive session with a class of seven 6-yr-olds with autism. I used your Haunted House idea, sang the song with the guitar, and saved sound files of eight noises (knocking, boo, etc.) I had eight buddy buttons for the students to press when it was their turn in the song-story. They focused for nearly 15 minutes and were highly engaged, and loved the activity! I also tried the buddy buttons with an older class (higher functioning verbal 9 year olds) later in the day, so they didn’t really need the support, but they absolutely loved the activity. Thank-you for your ideas!”
– Catherine Schmidt, Special Ed Teacher, Music Specialist, Music Therapy Student
Tuneful Teens is a great resource to expand my repertoire and has provided me tools to work off in my practice. I like the variety of interventions and songs! Suggestions for making it better would be to simply add a second edition!”
– Kristin Noel Veteto, MT-BC // KNV Music Therapy
“I’ve really liked having Tuneful Teens as a resource. I just started working with a group of girls age 11-12 and had no idea what kind of music to use or how to structure interventions, and your book came along at just the right time. Most of the girls have Auditory Processing Disorder so I’ve used the Auditory Perception Training exercises; I’ve done the hangman game (they loved it!); and the instrument call and response. I also put together my own cards for the guess who game and plan to use that with another group I’m doing, we’ll see how that goes. Thanks for putting this together, it’s a nice quick easy helpful resource.”
– Jaycie Voorhees, MM, MT-BC // Harmony Music Therapy

“I purchased your ebook over the summer, but have just had a chance to use your ideas with the start of the school year. I started with musical hangman and I was very happy with how well it went! The classroom I used it in is a high school class of students fairly high on the autism spectrum and with the “just too cool for music therapy” attitude. Thank you, and I look forward to using some of your other ideas in the future!”
– Cindy Long, MT-BC // Cindy’s Music Therapy Services
“I bought your book because frankly after two summers, I was scrapped for fresh ideas. My favorite thing about your book is that every activity comes with a template or some sort of example which allows me to quickly and easily see what you did and how I can adapt it for my groups. My favorite activity has been musical hangman. I have done similar things in the past, but I liked the addition of pulling a task out of a drum. I have yet to use your obstacle course idea, but I love it. Your book was just the push my brain needed to get my creative juices flowing again. Thank you!!”
– Ambriel Taylor
“I received both E-Books–thank you! I love the ideas, and am going to adapt the games for teens with my senior population. These are really nice resources; thank you again! I was thrilled to find such valuable resources!
– Melanie McWreath // Timeless Music Therapy
I have had great success with activities from your books! I got your e-mail about the musical obstacle course and I can’t wait to try it out with my kids. I work at a private school that caters specifically to kids with SLD’s, ADD/ADHD and ASD. We have about 70 student from 3rd grade thru 12th so your books have been a wonderful resource for me. My job title is “Music Therapist” but I see all students once a week. My class is sort of like a general music class/therapy session. I am teaching them to read and play music but I also make sure to plug in some therapy stuff into each class as well because they can all benefit from it. Thank you for everything. I am so glad I have found all the wonderful resources you offer!
– Tracey Kinnunen, MT-BC
“Thanks for this resource. I work with adults who have substance abuse problems. I’ve been using some of the games in my group sessions. It’s helped me because I wanted to spice things up a little after doing the same things for so long…I am the only music therapist where I work, and this book has jump-started some more creative ideas and I want to thank you again for sharing.”
– Brittany Harmon, MT-BC
“Thanks so much Amy! I wanted to let you know that your book, Tuneful Teens, has been very helpful to me this year. I’m working with a new population – groups with behavioral, mental, emotional and learning disabilities and I’ve done some of your intervention ideas. One group is especially tough to plan for, so I’m grateful to have your book as a resource. Thanks again.”
– Linda Jedrzejek, MT-BC // Sweet Harmony Music Therapy Services

“Your activity book is really fun and creative. We have an internship program here and your activities have been very helpful to them.”
– Alicia Barksdale, MS, MT-BC //Kennedy Krieger High School
“Both books had so many creative ideas and I’m excited to integrate them into my sessions. Thanks again for the great resources!”
– Christine MacIsaac, MT-BC
“I bought your E-Book, and my teens and young adults have totally loved the activities I’ve used from it so far! :)”
– Kim Beck, MT-BC
“I have used a few of your activities with a few adaptations (Musical Hangman and the food rhythms activity) with my middle & high schoolers – they loved it! Thanks for such a great product!:
– Kristen Bozard, MT-BC
“Thank you for your book. I am finding lots of useful tips and ideas in it that are helping me in my sessions with inpatient psych adolescents :)”
– Pamela Draper, MT-BC
“Thanks Amy, I absolutely love both E-Books!”
– Karen Collins, MT-BC